So if the big-name com­pa­nies are cheap and easy, what’s so great about Zip­car?

The Washington Post Sunday - - DEAL HUNTER - thomash@wash­

Zip­car is great when you need a car for an hour or two. But when you’re in the mar­ket for a car for a day or two, it’s prob­a­bly not your best op­tion.

Rent­ing the cheap­est Zip­car for 24 week­end hours will cost you nearly four times as much as rent­ing one for the same pe­riod from one of the ma­jor rental com­pany lo­ca­tions at Na­tional Air­port. Take into ac­count a $25 ap­pli­ca­tion fee to join and ei­ther a $60 an­nual fee or min­i­mum $50 monthly com­mit­ment, and you’ll spend at least $75 be­fore you get be­hind the wheel.

The Zip­car perks — cooler cars than the Chevy Aveo or Ford Fo­cus you’ll get from the other guys, not hav­ing to worry about gas or in­surance and be­ing able to walk around the corner to pick up your car — just don’t add up for your week­end get­away.

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